Timothy Jacobson

Timothy Jacobson

Senior Consultant


Winthrop Highlights

  • Senior Consultant, 1992-Present


  • Vanderbilt University, Ph.D. History
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. History

Notable Clients

  • American School in London
  • Barry LePatner
  • Becton Dickinson
  • Cotton Incorporated
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Trinity Industries
  • Trinity School
  • U. S. National Library of Medicine

About Tim

Tim, a Senior Consultant of The Winthrop Group, has over 30 years of experience as an author and editor. His areas of expertise include energy, environmental services, medicine and health care, communications, legal and financial services, and education. In addition to consulting with CEOs, directors, and senior managers at dozens of clients, he has ventured far into the field, from top-level negotiations in China to the oil fields of the Middle East. His many books include, most recently, Charity and Merit: Trinity School at 300 and Cotton’s Renaissance: A Study in Market Innovation. Before joining Winthrop, he founded Chicago Times magazine and served as editor of both Chicago History and the 51-volume book series, The States and the Nation. Mr. Jacobson’s other writings include An Historical Guide to the United States (W. W. Norton), Discovering America: Journeys in Search of the New World (Key Porter), and An American Journey by Rail (W. W. Norton), which was runner-up for the Lowell Thomas Prize for best North American travel book of 1988. 

Related Work

Barry LePatner

Barry LePatner

Winthrop helped a leading real estate lawyer share his diagnosis of America’s infrastructure problems and his prescription for their cure.
Fortune 500 Company

Fortune 500 Company

Winthrop helped one CEO heal a bitter rift and build the strong corporate culture he needed to take the company forward
Trinity School

Trinity School

Winthrop helps a 300-year old independent school use its history and archives to build institutional loyalty


February 2012

Private Education in the Public Interest

By the very nature of their “independence,” no two independent schools are identical. Yet all rise or fall on the answer to an old question: what is the place of independent education in a democratic society that educates the vast majority of its children in other kinds of schools? Given independent education’s tiny “lift capacity,” why should we care about the answer?

April 2011

Medicine, Healthcare, and History: Past as Prologue

Once upon a time, we called it the art of medicine. Then we called it the science of medicine. Then we called it health care. Today we call it a mess. Arguably no public policy issue of our times stirs more impassioned, often embittered, sometimes irrational debate than this one. How did it happen that the ancient art of healing as it evolved into the citadel of biomedical science became so embattled?